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The Infiltrator release date moved up to July 15

John Leguizamo and Bryan Cranston star in The Infiltrator, partly filmed around Tampa Bay in 2015.

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John Leguizamo and Bryan Cranston star in The Infiltrator, partly filmed around Tampa Bay in 2015.

24

March

Bryan Cranston ain't afraid of no Ghostbusters.

Apparently, neither is Broad Green Pictures, with the announcement that The Infiltrator starring Cranston - and filmed around Tampa Bay - will now hit theaters on July 15. Variety reported the move Thursday,

That places the true crime drama in direct competition with Sony's reboot of Ghostbusters, expected to be one of 2016's top-grossing films.

On the surface, it seems like a risky move. However, pushing The Infiltrator into the heart of the summer movie season is also a sign of confidence in director Brad Furman's movie. The Infiltrator was previously slated to hit theaters on Aug. 31, the Wednesday before the Labor Day weekend, traditionally one of Hollywood's slowest box office stanzas.

Certainly a dark crime drama offers smart counterprogramming to a high-concept comedy. Not everyone is raring to see what Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy do with the Ghostbusters legacy.

Cranston stars as U.S. Customs agent (and Tampa resident) Robert Mazur, whose memoirs are adapted for the screenplay. The Infiltrator traces Mazur's investigation of drug money laundering that led to Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Director Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) guides a cast including John Leguizamo, Diane Kruger, Benjamin Bratt and Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis.

The Infiltrator spent nearly three weeks filming locally in 2015, at locations including Derby Lane and the Loews Don CeSar Hotel.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 24, 2016 12:05pm]

    

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